The 5K That Went Too Far!
On Saturday The Hubbo and I, along with a group of our friends, ran the Purple Stride 5K here in Tulsa. This race may sound familiar to you if you've followed this blog for a while being as I ran it last October. For some reason, this year the race was moved up to August and moved to a slightly different location.
This race is special to me because it is VERY special to a dear friend of mine. This 5k is a fund raising race that benefits PanCAN or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. My friend lost a loved one to Pancreatic Cancer so she raises money and awareness each year. The statistics associated with this disease are alarming and more people need to be aware that there is only a 6% survival rate which only means more research needs to take place so that we can Know It. Fight It. End It.
I'm very proud to say that the team I was a part of raised over $5,000 for PanCAN! Thank you to all who donated, bought tickets, ate at Chili's, and ran the 5k with us to raise money for this organization!
Also, as a whole, Oklahoma raised over $99,000! Our team was excited to hear that we were the 4th place team in terms of money raised.
By the way, this is the post I had originally planned to publish on Monday but with the ordeal about Turkey Mountain, it had to wait. You can read about the issue Turkey Mountain is facing HERE and you can still sign the petition HERE if you feel so inclined. BTW - I hope you feel so inclined :) and soon I'll post an update to the Turkey Mountain saga. Stay tuned!
We got to the race and parked no problem and met up with our team. Hello Laurie's Purple Warriors! Then we got lined up in the corral and started the race. My original goal was to finish the race in under 33 minutes. I'm not a hot weather runner and hadn't been feeling that great that morning. After the race started and we finished the first mile, I was surprised to look down at my Garmin and see that I was running in the 8:45-9:00 range! (That's fast for me) I was breathing hard but it didn't feel impossible. That is when it struck me. This is a timed 5k and I could possibly PR! Thank you speed work! Then we got to a water stop at 1.45 miles and I said to my two friends I was running with that I was going to make it to the turn around and then grab water on the way back. Well... that was a good theory.
We passed the water stop and kept running, and running, and running some more. I remember thinking to myself as we came up to the water stop that this must be what running towards the front of the pack feels like because we didn't see anyone already running back towards the finish while we were still heading out! It was too good to be true. Turns out, there wasn't a labeled turn around! Then, finally, the guys at the front of the pack finally turned around and told us the turn around wasn't marked and to just turn go ahead and around. We finally did, but we had already ran close to 1.70 miles out, which means we had about 1.70 miles to get back. So much for my PR! Also I was sorta towards the front of the pack and after the turn around found myself at the back of the pack because the lead guys had told everyone about the lack of a labeled turn around. So around mile 2.8 I started to get really really hot and decided to stop pushing myself and had to run/walk it back in.
Overall I still met my race goal and the time on the clock showed just under 33 minutes but it wasn't my best 5k or 3.4 mile race, whatever. I still love this race because it benefits PanCAN and I'll definitely be back next year!
You can read my BibRave.com recap here.